January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Welcome in making NEW YEAR January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper. In this tutorial we will cover some layer styles techniques along with the Application that I really love – Alchemy.


So let’s start then:


Create a document. It is quite wide.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Fill the background with blue tone.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


The gradation you are seeing is a rounded transformed gradient. The layer mode is Linear Burn.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


I’d like to bring more blue to have some tonal variety. Create a new layer and just use a gradient on it: you can see the gradient shape and the layer order on the screenshot. The layer mode is Overlay.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


One more linear gradient from top to bottom will be ok too I think. See layer order on the screenshot.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


So along with tone variation comes the texture. I really like to texture surfaces. I will use a custom brush for that #592. Instead of painting with white I’ve decided to erase the areas on the gradient layer.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Now the next step: I will use alchemy to create a snowflake. So here we are in alchemy now.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Here is the type of shapes I’m going to use along with settings on the next menu bar.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Here are the shapes I’ve created.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Export: export like PNG with transparent background: Very convenient for further paint over in PS.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Cut wash of the shapes to a new layer.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Some of the shapes might need a little bit of transformation.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Now, as we are creating snowflake we need equal sided elements.


Create a copy of each shape: and then flip it horizontally.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


To create any king of architecture you got to know how the thing is shaped and what geometry it has.


So starting from the very basics we will build a snowflake.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


I use shapes to create these crossings.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


And here is my snowflake geometry. I didn’t use any of the references so it might come out a little bit surreal).


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


So as it is a snowflake and it has quite a proper geometry, we need each element transformed like this – in 4 different directions. – Use flip or 90 degrees flip each time.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Merge the layers together.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


Well a think you got the idea. Do the same thing with the rest; only this time the angles are different( hold the shift key to do a proper 45 degree angle).


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper




January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper


..Adding each element; we’re basically building the thing here.


January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Another Calendars:

February 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

April 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

To make the thing more real like I will check my layer styles: Note that fill opacity is set to only 4 %.



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

This will be our element of design. I’m going to create some copies of
it and ‘spray’ them on my background.

I’m adding drop shadow to some of these snowflakes to create a better feel of depth.



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Now the calendar part: flip the image and type the days of the week.



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

The Font is called BEND IT.

Here are my character settings. Try to follow them exactly.



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Now, I want to mark the calendar’s ‘red’ days. I will use the snowflakes (copy and transform).



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper



January 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

And this is it- have happy holidays.

Download support file snowflake.psd.
View full size here.


Another Calendars: February
2009 Calendar Wallpaper

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